Demand for federal jobs still high despite shutdown

A few items that caught our attention on Monday:

Kelly Woodall, right, Veteran Employment Program manager with the Office of Personnel Management, talks with job seekers on Oct. 18. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post) Kelly Woodall, right, Veteran Employment Program manager with the Office of Personnel Management, talks with job seekers on Oct. 18. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

Shutdown does little to dampen demand for federal jobs: Job seekers are bombarding federal agencies with applications despite recent sequester furloughs, pay freezes, political attacks on civil servants and a 16-day government shutdown, according to a Washington Post report.

Feds getting back in the swing of things after 16-day shutdown: Some employees forgot their login credentials, others are still sorting through the loads of unread e-mails, and work has piled up for just about every member of the federal workforce. Reporter Sean Reilly explores what it’s like to return after a hiatus lasting more than two weeks in this Federal Times article.

Furloughed federal workers to receive credit for lost leave: Guidance from the Office of Personnel Management says they will receive full credit for any annual and sick leave they accrued during the government shutdown, according to a Government Executive article.

Some furloughed feds can double-dip with unemployment: The Labor Department said several states are expected to allow federal workers who collected unemployment insurance during the government shutdown to keep both the benefits despite receiving back pay from their agencies, according to a Federal Times article.

Shutdown cost Pentagon $600 million: That’s a conservative estimate from Defense Department officials, and it reflects lost productivity as a result of civilian furloughs, according to a Federal News Radio article.

Everything you need to know about JPMorgan’s $13 billion settlement: Wonkblog provides the details, from information about the firm itself to why the settlement was necessary, in this explainer by Neil Irwin.

FBI investigating laser-pointer attacks on airline pilots: Airline pilots are facing record levels of laser-pointer attacks while landing their planes, and the FBI’s terrorism unit is investigating two incidents last week at New York City’s LaGuardia airport, according to a Nextgov article.

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.

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